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The sacrament of Holy Communion and the importance it plays in the lives of those who are part of the Mathews United Methodist Church family.

The sacrament of Holy Communion and the importance it plays in the lives of those who are part of the Mathews United Methodist Church family. Photograph (c)2009.  Mathews United Methodist Church.  All Rights Reserved.  Photograph by Dale Moseley and is used with permission.

A Word About Communion

We now celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each EVEN month of the year (February, April, June, August, October, and December --- and at other special times/events of the year) at our 11:00 AM Sunday Morning worship service.  We recognize that Communion is an important part of our worship and sharing together as the other parts of our service: music, prayer, Bible reading, and preaching. 

However, many of us were raised in a tradition of participating in the observance of Holy Communion (it really wasn’t a celebration, but a solemn duty) on an occasional basis – once a year or maybe once a quarter – and many of us are uncomfortable and unsure about celebrating Communion more than once a quarter or on an occasional basis.  Please be assured that though Communion is offered, the decision to participate is yours alone and can be made without concern about being judged by others.

If you have any concerns or questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. J. William Harris.


Please also check out: The Duty of Constant Communion


At the 2004 meeting of General Conference, The United Methodist Church adopted “This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion” as its official statement concerning Communion.  We at Mathews have abridged and adapted this document and are presenting it here for your convenience. The complete document may be found at http://www.gbod.org/worship/

Names of the Sacrament

Holy Communion is one of the two sacraments recognized by Protestant churches; Holy Baptism is the other.  Several terms naming this sacrament are being used or have been used in Christianity.  The Lord’s Supper reminds us that Jesus Christ is the host and that we participate at Christ’s invitation.  This title suggests the eating of a meal and makes us think of the meals that Jesus ate with various people both before his death and after his resurrection.  The term the Last Supper is not appropriately used for the sacrament, but it does encourage us to remember the supper that Jesus ate with his disciples on the night when he was arrested.  This emphasis is especially meaningful around Maundy Thursday.

The term Holy Communion invites us to focus on the self-giving of the Holy God, which makes the sacrament an occasion of grace, and on the holiness of our communion with God and one another.  Eucharist, from the Greek word for thanksgiving, reminds us that the sacrament is thanks-giving to God for the gifts of creation and salvation.  The term Mass, used by the Roman Catholic Church, derives from the Latin word mission, literally “sending forth,” and indicates that this celebration brings the worship service to a close by sending forth the congregation with God’s blessing to live as God’s people in the world.  The Divine Liturgy is a name used mostly by churches in the tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy.  All of these names refer to the same practice: the eating and drinking of consecrated bread and wine in the worshiping community.

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